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Scientific Publications and Research Groups on Alcohol Consumption and Related Problems Worldwide: Authorship Analysis of Papers Indexed in PubMed and Scopus Databases (2005 to 2009)

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  • Gregorio González-Alcaide,

    1. Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
    2. Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación , Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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  • Lourdes Castelló-Cogollos,

    1. Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
    2. Departamento de Psicobiología , Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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  • Miguel Castellano-Gómez,

    1. Conselleria de Sanitat , Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain
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  • Víctor Agullo-Calatayud,

    1. Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
    2. Departamento de Sociología y Antropología Social , Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent,

    1. Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
    2. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas , Valencia, Spain
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  • Francisco Javier Álvarez,

    Corresponding author
    1. Instituto de Estudios de Alcohol y Drogas , Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
    • Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
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  • Juan Carlos Valderrama-Zurián

    1. Unidad de Investigación Social y Sanitaria , Valencia, Spain
    2. Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación , Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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Abstract

Background

The research of alcohol consumption-related problems is a multidisciplinary field. The aim of this study is to analyze the worldwide scientific production in the area of alcohol-drinking and alcohol-related problems from 2005 to 2009.

Methods

A MEDLINE and Scopus search on alcohol (alcohol-drinking and alcohol-related problems) published from 2005 to 2009 was carried out. Using bibliometric indicators, the distribution of the publications was determined within the journals that publish said articles, specialty of the journal (broad subject terms), article type, language of the publication, and country where the journal is published. Also, authorship characteristics were assessed (collaboration index and number of authors who have published more than 9 documents). The existing research groups were also determined.

Results

About 24,100 documents on alcohol, published in 3,862 journals, and authored by 69,640 authors were retrieved from MEDLINE and Scopus between the years 2005 and 2009. The collaboration index of the articles was 4.83 ± 3.7. The number of consolidated research groups in the field was identified as 383, with 1,933 authors. Documents on alcohol were published mainly in journals covering the field of “Substance-Related Disorders,” 23.18%, followed by “Medicine,” 8.7%, “Psychiatry,” 6.17%, and “Gastroenterology,” 5.25%.

Conclusions

Research on alcohol is a consolidated field, with an average of 4,820 documents published each year between 2005 and 2009 in MEDLINE and Scopus. Alcohol-related publications have a marked multidisciplinary nature. Collaboration was common among alcohol researchers. There is an underrepresentation of alcohol-related publications in languages other than English and from developing countries, in MEDLINE and Scopus databases.

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